Hey Mandy,

Public Art is not defined in land use code here.  Most of the public art related codes are within the Administrative code.

All projects require the proper approvals and permits – usually through the Buildings department for more permanent installations. Frequently these permits are processed as part of the larger construction project, but a single public art installation may require a stand-alone permit.  Our office does have to pay for those.  There is not a “Public Art Permit” here.


Good luck!







Elise DeMarzo | Public Art Program Director

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Greetings Pan Pals


I’m interested in collecting a quick survey of permitting and land use definitions as they relate to public art, and will happily share responses once I’ve received them.  My questions for you are:


  1. In your municipality or where you’ve received commissions, is public art defined in any capacity within the municipality’s land use code?
    1. If yes, please provide the language.
  1. In your municipality or where you’ve received commissions, do public art commissions require city permitting?
    1. If yes, is there a public art permit?
    2. If yes, what permits do you need to obtain?
    3. If yes, who shoulders the permit costs?


Thanks in advance for your feedback!





Mandy Vink

Public Art Program, Office of Arts and Culture







Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Program

Library & Arts Department

1001 Arapahoe Avenue | Boulder, CO 80302






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